Sugaring Hair Removal Recipe

Sugaring Hair Removal Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients and bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer for about 25 minutes until mixture has turned a rich amber color.

Ingredients to make sugaring paste.

Sugaring ingredients combined in saucepan.Fully cooked sugaring ingredients in saucepan.

'Firm Ball Stage'
by: EllaBella
If you are looking for the exact consistency, and you have a candy thermometer, heat the mixture to 246 degrees.
This is called the 'firm ball' stage in candy making, which is effectively what you are doing here.
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Lift the saucepan off the heat occasionally so that the bubbles will calm down and you can keep an eye on the color.

It gives off a nice cooked lemon sort of aroma when it's finished.

Move off the heat and allow the mixture to partially cool in the pot until it begins to thicken (about 15 minutes).

Sugaring paste in container.

It's important that the mixture is heated long enough. Otherwise you'll have problems with the final product being too sticky and not solidifying enough to use.

Pour the mixture into an air-tight container and allow to cool fully before handling. There you go! You just made your own, at home, quick and easy hair removal potion!

Make adjustments for altitude

After several comments about this recipe turning out too sticky, I did some research on how sea level affects candy recipes. There is a bit of tweaking that needs to be done for the recipe to work if you live at a higher altitude.

Decreasing the cooking temperature by one degree for every 500 feet above sea level you live will give you better results.

So if the recipe calls for 246°F (119°C), which is where a candy reaches the 'firm ball stage,' and you live 4000 feet above sea level, you should cook the recipe to 238°F (115°C).

Sugaring Hair Removal Application

Sugaring paste in container.

Use it Cold!
Once completely cooled, this sugaring paste can be applied directly onto the hair and pulled off. Just grab a big chunk out of the container (put a bit of muscle into it to get it out).

The sugaring paste can be warmed and used with muslin strips, just like wax, if you prefer. I like the simplicity of using it cold. There's no muss, no fuss... and that suits me just fine.

Sugaring paste ready to go.

How Much?
If you're doing your legs, or another large surface area (i.e., back, chest), use a bigger piece of the sugaring paste. It works well to use half of your mixture at a time, then one half can cool off (from the heat of your hands) while you continue to work with the other half.

Smaller pieces can be used on eyebrows, facial hair, bikini line, etc.

The paste will adhere best to hair that is at least 1/4 inch long, so you may want to grow it out just a bit (if you can stand it) for best results. Hair that is longer than an inch should be trimmed down a bit.

Flattening sugaring paste before use.

Prepare Your Paste
Flatten the paste out in your hands. Try not to work with it too much as it'll get sticky from the heat of your hands. Press the paste firmly onto an area you want to remove hair from.

Make sure that your piece of sugaring paste stays at least 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick so that it'll pull off easily.

When you've got it flattened and pressed into the skin, flick up the end of your piece to remove enough to be able to grab it. Pull the skin taut and yank the sugaring paste off quickly in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

Flattening sugaring paste onto skin. Getting ready to remove sugaring paste.

Fold the piece in half until it's the size you need it for the next area and press it on again. Repeat until the piece becomes too sticky to work with from the heat of your skin. Then discard that piece and grab another and continue if necessary.

When you're finished in an area, simply wipe it down with a warm, wet washcloth. The sugaring paste is water soluble, so it cleans up quick and easy.


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